What is Ginseng?

Ginseng is a popular herb used widely for cooking purposes. The root is used to make medicines. It is an important health supplement that helps overall body functions.

Functions of Ginseng

  • Ginseng is useful in reducing blood sugar levels. This is especially useful for diabetic patients and patients suffering from high blood sugar problems.
  • Ginseng is also useful in reducing high blood pressure. However, it must be consumed with care if patients are already on other blood pressure medicines.
  • Ginseng can help combat stress and other stress related problems.
  • Sometimes Ginseng is considered effective in treating anemia.
  • Regular use of Ginseng can help treat sleep disorders and insomnia.
  • Ginseng is also useful in treated gastritis.
  • Some doctors believe Ginseng can treat impotence.
  • When people suffer from high fever, Ginseng is said to be a natural medicine.
  • Ginseng is also useful in treating or preventing the flu, common cold and related respiratory tract infections.

Sources of Ginseng

Ginseng is a herb, the root of the plant is used for medicinal purposes. There are several species found across the world. The most popular is Korean Ginseng or American Ginseng.

Ginseng Deficiency

Ginseng is purely a health supplement. If had regularly it provides several health benefits because it is rich in vitamins and minerals.

However there are no serious or proven problems associated directly with Ginseng deficiency. Other vitamin and mineral deficiencies in the body may result in health complications. But low herb intake may not create problems as such.

Recommended Dietary Allowance of Ginseng

Dietary allowance depends on a person’s natural health or medical condition.

People who are being treated for diabetes should have 3 grams of Ginseng before every meal. However it should not be taken too long before a meal because it will result in extreme lowering of blood sugar levels.

200 mg twice daily can be consumed if patients are being treated for common flu, cough and cold symptoms.

Tips and Warnings

  • Ginseng is safe when consumed for short periods of time.
  • However, too much prolonged use may result in side effects like diarrhea, severe itching, changes in sleep patterns, nervousness or agitation.
  • In some cases Ginseng may cause changes in heart beat.
  • Some people may experience rapid changes in blood pressure although this may just be a passing phase too.
  • Women may experience vaginal bleeding due to over consumption but it can be stopped with reduced intake.
  • Some people may suffer from liver damage due to overuse.
  • In certain cases people have suffered from allergic reactions too.
  • Ginseng may not be considered safe during pregnancy. One of the chemicals in Ginseng may cause birth defects.
  • If you are breastfeeding it is safer to avoid Ginseng.
  • Diabetics should have Ginseng under medical supervision.
  • If you suffer from mental problems or schizophrenia you should avoid Ginseng.
  • People suffering from Ovarian or Uterine cancer should avoid Ginseng.
  • If you are about to undergo surgery then it is safer to avoid Ginseng till after the surgery is over and you are free of possible complications.